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Ms. Peters from Stamford CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

You're booked! First class seating inspires great literary meetings!

My students need a safe and inviting space to engage in literature of their choice. This will create personalized learning opportunities, and allow for creating connections with the outside world.

  • $1,992 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am an ESL teacher in an urban school who supports English classes for grades 9-12. The reading abilities of my students vary greatly and I have observed that many of my students find reading to be daunting and a task which they are not willing to engage with either in class or outside of class. As a result, I have observed that many of students are failing two or more core subjects, falling into the category of disengaged. When working with my students on literacy in small groups or individually, however, I have noticed that they are more willing to take risks and engage in literature discussions. While these moments prove to be successful, unfortunately many of my students also struggle with attendance for a number of reasons, and about 50% of them attend fewer than 85% of school days. I know that my students have the intrinsic motivation to do well however at times they need a little push. Their untapped potential needs to be unlocked and reengagement through literature is critical.

My Project

Reading allows students to explore worlds outside of their own and serves as a way to empower, inspire, and re-engage. Many of my students have not yet discovered how enjoyable reading can be and creating a safe, cozy and welcoming space that invites students to engage with a book of their choice is the goal of this project. Allowing students to explore their own interests personalizes their learning experiences, a proven strategy to foster reengagement of previously disengaged students. The materials required to re-imagine my classroom space will create an atmosphere of tranquility, where students can escape from the demands on their everyday lives and explore their interests through literary exploration, while simultaneously building literary skills. This space will help students independently engage with literature, both text and audio (via a Chromebook), and will promote student engagement in academic courses and increases confidence in their academic abilities. With creating a more intimate, comfortable, and cozy space, anxiety levels will lower and students will be more likely to attend school and take risks, building relationships and connections with teachers and their peers. Aside from being a safe and welcoming environment, my room will also serve as a study space where students who are failing two or more classes can come to complete digital and written class assignments in peace and quiet.

Ms. Peters
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids Birch 5-Section School Classroom Storage Cabinet with Casters, Natural, 24" H • Amazon Business $163.98 2 $327.96
Baxton Studio Van Buren Writing Desk • Amazon Business $150.52 2 $301.04
Adeco black & Blue Pattern Cushioned Leatherette Adjustable Barstool Chair Chrome Finish Pedestal Base, Blue Black • Amazon Business $139.68 2 $279.36
ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree (Intel Celeron 4 GB, 16GB eMMC, Dark Blue, Silver) • Amazon Business $209.00 1 $209.00
Big Joe Imperial Fufton in Comfort Suede Plus, Cement • Amazon Business $169.99 1 $169.99
Gaiam Balance Ball Chair - Classic Yoga Ball Chair with 52cm Stability Ball, Pump & Exercise Guide for Home or Office, Ocean • Amazon Business $54.38 2 $108.76
Winsome Spectrum 28-Inch Pub Table • Amazon Business $87.74 1 $87.74
Gaiam Balance Ball Chair - Classic Yoga Ball Chair with 52cm Stability Ball, Pump & Exercise Guide for Home or Office, Purple • Amazon Business $51.75 1 $51.75
Brightech Bijou LED Tripod Floor Lamp Contemporary Design for Modern Living Rooms - Soft, Ambient Lighting, Tall Standing Easel Survey Lamp for Bedroom, Family Room, or Office - Natural Wood Color • Amazon Business $48.99 1 $48.99
OMG Shakespeare Boxed Set • Amazon Business $20.97 2 $41.94
IsPerfect 82 Feet 8.2'' x 5.5'' International String Flags Banners,100 Countries Flags World Flags Pennant Banner for Olympics,Grand Opening,Sports Clubs,Party Events Decorations • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

Materials cost

$1,638.52

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$24.58

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,693.10

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$298.78

Total project goal

$1,991.88

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,991.88

1 Donor

-$995.94

Donations toward project cost

-$846.55

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$149.39

match offer

-$995.94

Match offer toward project cost

-$846.55

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$149.39

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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